Southeastern Scene

Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary

Principal's Postings

Welcome to the Jan. 15, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.

Dear Southeastern Families:

As I reflect on the many conversations that I have had in the last week with both parents and teachers, I wanted to reach out to share my thoughts as well as valuable resources that I have found helpful as a parent, and as an educational leader. As a parent and as a teacher I always wanted to make sure that I responded in the healthiest way possible, that I asked the right questions, and that I could guide conversations in a way that led my students, as well as my own children, to make good choices and engage in healthy dialogue. There were times I fell short, and there were times that I walked away thinking, “that went really well.” I assume that many of you are having those same thoughts run through your head this week.

Our children may or may not have seen or heard the news last week, or been a part of conversations or observed images of current events. Whether it is on the playground, on a Zoom call, through artwork or through writing, I am always reminded of how intuitive and observant our students are. They are capable of critical thinking, understanding lofty ideas, and empathizing with others. With that said, it is important to understand what is developmentally appropriate for children when they seek out information, or when an organic conversation arises in response to something they see or hear.

I have always found Common Sense Media to be an excellent resource for families and educators. In this piece they offer ideas for specific age bands on age-appropriate conversations and questions. As a parent, you have a great opportunity to discuss the events that occurred this past week. Below are a few pointers to keep in mind as you talk:

  • Let your child guide the conversation with their questions and observations.
  • Do your best to give them age appropriate factual information.
  • Try to keep your own emotions out of the conversation, remember your children are looking to you on how to respond to what has occurred.
  • Some children may express fear or worry about the events or the images they saw. As their parent you can remind them that you will keep them safe and also share strategies that you use to deal with worry or fear.
  • Emphasize the positive events that took place too, share with them about how even after everything that occurred, our representatives went back into the building to finish. This shows just how important our elections are!
  • Please click this link for the whole article.

I am inspired by the way that you have kindly and supportively pivoted with us, worked alongside us, and learned with us. We are grateful and we applaud all that you are doing at home to keep our learning community thriving.

Yours in education,

Mrs. Danielle Chastain

Counselor's Corner

Virtual Lunch with Jen Smith

Our school counselor, Jen Smith, will be holding a virtual lunch time once a week for our virtual students. Please see the day and time that has been assigned to your student's grade level below. This is not enrichment or a lesson, just an opportunity for our virtual students to "socialize" with their grade level peers. They will be able to use the same Zoom link (below) each week. Some days and times have changed.

Please access zoom link here.

4th Grade - Mondays - 11:00

3rd Grade - Tuesdays - 1:30

2nd Grade - Wednesdays - 1:00

1st Grade - Thursdays - 12:15

KDG - Fridays - 11:30

Mental Health Resources

Parents, HSE has mental health resources available that you can share with your students. These are online resources that students can use to help with things like self-care, mindfulness, managing emotions, and mindset among others. These resources are accessible through the district page under counseling, then mental health, then click the red box to find all of the resources. You can also access the direct link here.

Raising HSE

Our first district podcast for parents (Raising HSE) is live and features some of our school counselors talking about supporting virtual leaners. This podcast is a helpful tool for all of our virtual learners. You can access the podcast by clicking this link.

Executive Functioning Skills Virtual Training for Parents

Tuesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 28, HSE schools is hosting virtual evening sessions to explore executive skills development in children and teens. Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills and skills needed to get things done. These are brain-based skills such as task initiation, emotional regulation, response inhibition, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-direction persistence that are critical to school success. For more information, please access the Executive Skills pdf file below. If interested, please click this link to register.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school.
  • Tuesday, January 19, return to in-person instruction for students who choose the in-person option.
  • Friday, January 22nd, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction. Students will do Canvas work from home.
  • Friday, January 29nd, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, Interstate school picture retakes (please see more information below).
  • Friday, February 5th, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors and show your Explorer pride.
  • Friday, February 5th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
  • Thursday, February 11th, 6:30 p.m., PTO meeting.
  • Friday, February 12th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
  • Monday, February 15th, President's Day, no school.
  • Friday, February 19th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
  • Friday, February 26th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.

Picture Retakes

Southeastern Elementary School picture retake day for students who missed school pictures on Nov. 2nd is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd (please note new date change due to eLearning Fridays). Inter-State studios will be taking the pictures, and they are requesting online orders only (no order forms will be sent home). Online orders can be made at Please use order code: 52117JA. You can also click this link to place an order.

Virtual Learners

There will not be any enrichment classes scheduled for next week. We will be reviewing our virtual numbers, attendance rate for enrichment classes and our schedules to determine next steps. We will make sure that our classroom teachers share this information with you at the end of next week.

Masks At School

Parents, with students returning to in-person instruction, it is important that we review proper mask wearing with students. We please ask for your assistance in reviewing these procedures with your students at home. Below are the mask procedures we are encouraging at Southeastern Elementary:

  • Wash hands before putting on mask.
  • Place it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Please make sure nose and mouth are always covered.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Do not drink water through your mask.
  • Please do not chew on mask.
  • Gaiter-style masks should be reconsidered as a primary face covering.

Please send additional masks with students names on them each day in the event that a masks becomes compromised.

Items needed for in-person learning.

Each day, all students coming into the building will need to bring their own water bottle, individual hand sanitizer, and an extra mask. Please label mask, water bottle, and hand sanitizer with student's first and last names.

Front Office Procedure Reminders

Reporting Absences

Parents, please notify the front OFFICE in regards to absences and late arrivals. You can leave a message on our attendance line by calling (317) 594-4340. Please leave detailed information, including student's first and last names with spelling, teacher's name, grade, and reason for the absence or late arrival. If late arrival, please include approximate time student will be arriving.

Leaving early for appointment

If student needs to leave early for any reason, only family and individuals listed on the student's approved Skyward list can pick up the student. In the student's Skyward account, under the "Family" and Emergency Contact" tabs, you may list people approved by you to pick up your student. Those individuals MUST show a valid driver's licence when picking up the student. When arriving, please ring the silver button to the immediate left of the glass door closest to the front office. Please wait inside the vestibule while we get your student for you.

Forgotten Items

If a student forgets an item at home and a parent needs to drop off that item after school has begun, that item may be dropped off in the front office vestibule. There is a table right inside the first set of doors on which you can place the item. Please have student's first and last names, and teacher's name, on the item and we will deliver it to the student.


Volunteers will not be permitted in the building at this time. We will inform parents when visitors will be permitted back into the building. All visitors MUST have a Safevisitor background check on file with Hamilton Southeastern Schools to be allowed to volunteer or have lunch in the building. Please see Safevisitor information at the bottom of this newsletter with more information, and for a link to sign up.

Dismissal Manager

Reminder, Southeastern Elementary is utilizing Dismissal Manager for daily dismissal changes. Each family received specific login credentials from Dismissal Manager. Please make sure that this information is current and up-to-date, because this is how we dismiss your students each day. If you do not have this information current, your child may not get home correctly. If you need to change your student's regular dismissal for that day, you will need to log in to your Dismissal Manager account and make the necessary changes by 2:00 p.m. A list will be generated before the end of the school day with all of the dismissal changes for that day. A link to Dismissal Manager can be found on the Southeastern Elementary website at the quick links section on the bottom right. You can also access Dismissal Manager by clicking here. Questions? Please contact the front office at 317-594-4340.

Cafeteria News

For the lunch menu, we will be starting on WEEK 1 (please see menu below).

We do have some menu changes for the first few weeks:

  • Week1: Monday: Chicken and Cheese Taquitos (replaces Taco Triangles)

Wednesday: Turkey Burger with Cheese (replaces Beef Tenderloin Sammy)

  • Week3: Monday: Lasagna (replaces Meatball Sub)

For the remainder of the year all breakfast and lunch Meal Deals will be Free.

Due to the later start time, elementary schools will not be serving breakfast.

For the lunch Meal Deal, students must pick a fruit and a vegetable, an entree, and 1 milk is included but optional.

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Operations Plan

The HSE operations plan has been updated. Please click this link for answers to your questions regarding operations, schedules, mitigation, facility modifications and transportation.

Nurses Notes

Students are asked to stay home from school if any symptoms of illness are present. Please see below for at-home screening steps:
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Please see information below from the Fishers Health Department regarding steps to take regarding potential exposure.
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Holiday Light Recycling

Thank you to everyone who donated unwanted/broken holiday lights this year to be recycled. Together, as a district, we prevented 3,519 pounds of glass, copper, and plastic from filling our landfills.

Library Book Park-N-Pick Up

Library book pick-up services for SES library books will continue for virtual learners. Follow the steps below to help your students take advantage of continuing to have access to our school library books.

Watch this video link and follow the steps to place holds for books. (This process applies to all students)

You may place holds on up to 3 books at a time.

  • Only place holds for books that are “in.
  • To guarantee that your books will be ready the next day, the holds must be placed any time before noon the day prior to planned pick up.
  • Books will be available for pick up inside the vestibule doors from 8:40 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Please return books to the "drop-off items" table when you come to pick up your new books.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Robinson.

Mudsock Youth Athletics

Mark Your Calendars! Spring program registration opened on January 1st and will run through the 31st for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track. Visit, or click this link, for the most updated season information and to register your child for a league.

PTO News

Please check the latest PTO news by clicking this link.

Stay connected with Southeastern PTO


Instragram: @Southeastern PTO
Twitter: @Southeastern PTO

Community Insider

Please click on this link to view activities and upcoming events within the district.


Anyone wanting to spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, please click below to get started.

Safe Visitor

Please access the safe visitor approval process here.

HSE Report It!

HSE Report It! is a school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report it!, can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. HSE Report it! has no length limitations. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.
HSE Report It

Please access HSE Report It information here.

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